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The Green Room: Erika Henningsen

Children of Eden in Chicago – a Heavenly Experience

Art and Soul

The Green Room: Zonya Love

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Children of Eden in Chicago – a Heavenly Experience

Two Academy of the Arts students were not only chosen to take part in the recent Broadway in Chicago performance of Children of Eden, but they also got to meet its creator, the legendary Stephen Schwartz.

Main & Luxe

Naperville is known for its rich, artistic culture, with outlets for theater, fine arts, and music alike. However, for those looking for training in the performance arts, the closest options reside in the city. Enter the Academy of the Arts — a nonprofit educational institution that serves the Naperville area, coupling high-level arts and high-achieving academics. […]

Academy of the Arts launches 500 for 100 Challenge

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Back to the Future

While young people planning a future career in dance are looking forward, experienced dancer and teacher Fana Tesfagiorgis knows that one day they’ll look back and see how far they’ve come. The Alvin Ailey artist talks about her career path while offering some advice to those about to put their best foot forward.

The Green Room: Erika Henningsen

A masterclass with Mean Girls actress Erika Henningsen was one of the highlights of our July Impact Musical Theater camp. Now Erika’s preparing to star as entrepreneur Joy Mangano in a new musical which we hope is Broadway bound.

The Green Room: Zonya Love

A performing arts education may build a good foundation for a career in the limelight, but the act of learning never stops. From singing in church to manipulating a puppet on Avenue Q, Zonya Love believes every experience is an opportunity to learn and share with others. Currently appearing in Beetlejuice on Broadway, Love was […]

Back to the Future

While young people planning a future career in dance are looking forward, experienced dancer and teacher Fana Tesfagiorgis knows that one day they’ll look back and see how far they’ve come. The Alvin Ailey artist talks about her career path while offering some advice to those about to put their best foot forward.

Academy of the Arts to launch first classes

A private school focused on the performing and visual arts will begin after-school classes this fall on the CityGate Centre campus at Interstate 88 and Route 59 in Naperville. Dylan Ladd, one of the founders of the Academy of the Arts, said programs will roll out progressively, with a goal of being fully open by […]

Broadway Performer Will Instruct Masterclasses for Aspiring Dancers

Looking for the perfect gift for an aspiring dancer? Academy of the Arts, a new nonprofit educational institution, is launching its programs on December 28, 2021, by presenting two master classes for ages 12 to adult. The classes will be led by accomplished performing artist Chadaé Nichol. A performer, arts educator and Joliet native who […]

The Green Room: Erika Henningsen

A masterclass with Mean Girls actress Erika Henningsen was one of the highlights of our July Impact Musical Theater camp. Now Erika’s preparing to star as entrepreneur Joy Mangano in a new musical which we hope is Broadway bound.

Children of Eden in Chicago – a Heavenly Experience

Two Academy of the Arts students were not only chosen to take part in the recent Broadway in Chicago performance of Children of Eden, but they also got to meet its creator, the legendary Stephen Schwartz.

The Green Room: Zonya Love

A performing arts education may build a good foundation for a career in the limelight, but the act of learning never stops. From singing in church to manipulating a puppet on Avenue Q, Zonya Love believes every experience is an opportunity to learn and share with others. Currently appearing in Beetlejuice on Broadway, Love was […]

Art and Soul

As the Director of Arts DuPage, Debbie Venezia is a champion for the arts, dedicated to sharing the county’s vibrant cultural environment with residents and visitors alike. She believes art plays an important role in academic studies but is saddened that it is the first area to get cut in tough economic times.

Children and Art

Immersive art may sound like something new, but it’s been around in different forms for years. From Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George to a new children’s exhibit at the DuPage Children’s Museum in Naperville, it’s a great way to strengthen our connection to all kinds of artists.